Blues prepare for six ‘cup finals’

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FRICKLEY Athletic may have missed out on a place in the Doodson Sport Cup final in midweek but boss Peter Rinkcavage says his side have six ‘cup finals’ to save their Evo-Stik Premier Division status.

It’s been a bad week for the Blues, with cup semi-final heartache at Rushall Olympic (see report on page 39) following a 3-0 loss at Buxton that saw Frickley slip into the relegation zone.

Marine are the visitors to the Tech5 Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and Rinkcavage says it’s the first of six cup finals for his side to save their season.

“We’ve got six cup finals left, it’s as simple as that,” said the Blues boss.

“We were poor at Buxton but we set the standards of the performance levels we need against Rushall on Tuesday.”

He continued: “Marine are a good side.

“But the last time we played them we should have beat them. We can take that into Saturday’s game and hopefully that will help us.”

Rinkcavage is keen on bringing new players to bolster his options for the run-in but admits it’s been difficult to find the right players.

“We’re desperately looking to add players but it’s been very difficult,” he said.

“It’s difficult because teams don’t want to let players go at this stage of the season and it’s difficult because of the financial constraints on us. We haven’t brought a new player in since Christmas.”

Rinkcavage is hopeful on “a couple” of new players being in place before Saturday’s clash with Marine but he’s not holding his breath.

The Blues’ only injury doubt for Saturday’s game is Mark Gray. The defender has suffered a groin injury and will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness.

Kelvin Bleau, however, is available after returning from an injury sustained against Buxton to play against Rushall on Tuesday.

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